If you upgrade to MDT 2013 Update 1 and then create a new MDT Boot Image in SCCM, you will learn that the WinPE-MDAC component are not added to the boot image as expected. By default the WinPE-MDAC component  are selected in the wizard, but if you check the Optional Components tab of the boot image, you’ll see that the WinPE-MDAC is missing. The wizard showing that WinPE-MDAC will be added: Properties after the Boot Images was created (WinPE-MDAC is missing): The fix is pretty simple. Just add the WinPE-MDAC component, and update the boot image. Now everything looks…

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 1 is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Significant changes in MDT 2013 Update 1: Support for the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10 Support for deployment and upgrade of Windows 10 Support for integration with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 with the Windows 10 ADK (see this post on the Configuration Manager Team blog for more information on using the Windows 10 ADK with Configuration Manager) Detailed list of some specific changes in this release: Support for new Enterprise LTSB and Education editions of Windows 10…

When creating SCCM driver packages I always (99%) use WMI queries to select the correct driver package to be installed. Often I perform these tasks remotely without visiting the customer. The main reason for this blog post is to provide a list of useful commands that the customer can execute on the computer to get the WMI query I need. Depending on the hardware vendor you might want to use different commands, but these commands should provide most of the information you need. Here is the computer information that where returned by running the commands on my computer: wmic csproduct…

Microsoft has released Windows 10, and all over this little blue planet we call earth, Administrators are starting to deploy Windows 10. Microsoft has now released a complete set of Administrative Template (.admx) files for Windows 10: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48257 If you want to learn more about Windows 10 deployment check out these links: Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals Windows 10 on Channel 9 /Enjoy. +Ronni Pedersen

Like many of my peers, I often watch a good movie! The last few years, lots of new streaming services and online purchase options has made it much easier for consumers when they want to rent or buy a new movie online. Until now, I have been super happy with Apples services and especially with the Apple TV and the iPad that love to use while traveling. However, with Microsoft Windows 10 and some of the great updates coming to “XBOX ONE” later this year, I thought it might be a good time to see if the services from Microsoft…

Today I received an e-mail from Microsoft and I am delighted to share that I have been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2015 for the eight consecutive year. I am honored to receive this award again and I appreciate everyone that reads my blog, watch me speaking, attend my training and keeps up with me on twitter (@ronnipedersen). I will strive to keep contributing to the community and hope that my contributions helps you out in some way. I would like to thank everyone of you who have supported me in any form especially my colleagues, members of the…

The next CoLabora User Group meeting has been announced and will be held on 24. June 2015. I’m honored to be invited to speak at this event that this time will be held as an online event using Skype for Business. The agenda for the day is: 13.00 Welcome and Introduction 13.05 Exchange Online Protection – Getting Started (Speaker: Peter Schmidt, Microsoft MVP: Exchange) 13.50 Break 13.55 Skype for Business upgrade – Migrating from Lync. (Speaker: Thomas Juhl Olesen) 14.40 Break 14.45 Identity in A World of Cloud – Identity management with Azure AD and Office 365 (Speaker: Jakob Østergaard…

The last 2 months or so we’ve worked hard with many of our customers to fix a small problem with the Windows Update Agent on Windows 7. More Information on this problem: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2015/04/15/support-tip-configmgr-2012-update-scan-fails-and-causes-incorrect-compliance-status.aspx Last night Microsoft released an update for this specific problem and this blog post will explain how to deploy this fix in your environment. Download the update Start by downloading the Windows Update Agent version 7.6.7601.18847 for Windows 7 here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3050265 Create Collections In this example I’m using two collections as limiting collections that I’ve created earlier.  Query (x64): select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM on…

Introduction Installing this service pack is very similar to previous service packs and CU updates but there are a few things you should be aware of. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the upgrade process step-by-step in a SCCM 2012 R2 standalone primary scenario. As always, you should start by checking the health of the system, verify the backup, etc. At a minimum, you should check the following: Install any missing updates (security, critical and important). Verify you don’t have a pending restart. https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Get-PendingReboot-Query-bdb79542 Verify that you have a valid SQL backup. Guide: https://stevethompsonmvp.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/sql-server-backup-recommendations-for-configuration-manager/ Test that the site…

Turns out that I will be celebrating my 41st birthday (May 1) traveling to Microsoft Ignite in Chicago. So if you’re traveling this Friday I’ll be your host at one of the following locations (local time): 1/5-2015, 12:00 Copenhagen Airport (“The Bar”) 1/5-2015, 21:00 Hyatt Regency Chicago Shoot me an email (mail@ronnipedersen.com), if you plan to show up! Beers is on me!

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